Careers & Employment at Jimmy John’s

Sandwiches are something that can come in an almost infinite number of forms. There’s countless ways to make a sandwich, and Jimmy John’s knows this.

Not only do they offer a wide variety of subs, but they have a huge amount of choices for toppings, bread, and customization, more so than I’ve seen at any other sandwich shop.

Personally, my favorite thing about this place is their signature deliveries.

They get to you fast, maybe not as fast as the commercials say (it’s not instant) but it’s faster than most places. Since you’re interested in working here, let’s talk about how you can fill out a Jimmy John’s application today.

A History & Overview of Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s is a franchised sandwich restaurant that specializes in delivery. It was founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The company has opened over 2,000 locations in 43 states in the thirty years it has been around. Over the last three years, 200 locations have been opened with each passing year. As of 2013, the company’s locations are 98% franchise owned.

It all began with Jimmy John Liautaud graduated second in his class at Elgin Academy in 1982. His father presented him with a choice: join the military or start a business. You probably already know which one he picked. His father gave him a $25,000 loan to start a hot dog business. His son owned 52% of the company.

jimmyHe discovered that the hot dog business wasn’t going to make enough money, so he switched to selling sandwiches.

He opened the first Jimmy John’s on January 13, 1983 in a garage located in Charleston, Illinois. He paid $200 a month for rent which left him enough money only for a refrigerator, freezer, an oven, and a meat slicer.

He delivered sandwiches to the students at Eastern Illinois University.

In April of 1985, Liautaud bought out the portion of the company his father owned and took total control. He opened a second store in Macomb, Illinois and two years later opened a third store in Champaign, Illinois. After several more stores were opened, the company began franchising in 1993. The first franchised location opened in Wisconsin in 2001.

From there, the company grew exponentially until its current numbers today. Jimmy John’s has become a household name and synonymous with great food and extremely fast delivery. Let’s find out what positions you can apply for and how you can apply today. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to start your career.

Direct Competitors

Making sandwiches of any kind is an art. Don’t forget to apply to a couple other places who are interested in hardworking individuals such as you. Check out Subway, which is one of the top sandwich shops in the world.

Although Publix is a grocery store as well, the deli at Publix make unforgettable subs. Careers at Publix are certainly an attractive offer. You can also check out Wegmans as well for a diverse selection of careers.

Jimmy John’s Application Online

To work in an entry-level position, you’ll only need to be sixteen years old. Drivers and managers must be eighteen years old to qualify.

The individual Jimmy John’s locations accept employment forms through their website, specifically the jobs page. Here you will find a tool that allows you to use the state and zip code to locate a restaurant near you.

Once you’ve pulled up a local restaurant, it’s time to decide which position you’re going to be applying for. Here are some of the positions and what you can expect from each one:

  1. Inshopper

This position is exclusively located within the restaurant. Because of this, the minimum age is only sixteen years old. Working in this position, you’ll greet customers, take orders, and prepare sandwiches by slicing meats and chopping vegetables.

You’ll also help keep the restaurant clean and answer telephones. The pay usually begins at minimum wage and goes up to $9.00 per hour.

  1. Driver

For this position, you will need to be eighteen years old and have a reliable vehicle. You will take orders and assist with making the sandwiches before you leave to deliver them.

Candidates who also have a clean driving record will have special consideration. Drives will earn up to $8.00 an hour plus tips from each delivery.

  1. Manager

Managers work in a number of different roles. They assist in various elements of the daily work, but they also hire and train new associates.

In addition, they receive shipments and work behind-the-scenes on various elements of the business. Managers will work long hours but the pay makes up for it. Anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 is common.

Benefits in these positions include the following possibilities:

  • Competitive pay
  • Flexible working schedule
  • On-the-job training
  • Medical insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plans

These benefits are dependent on the franchise since each one will offer variations of these possibilities.

Final Thoughts

Your Jimmy John’s application is all you need to start a fast-paced and exciting career with this company. You can make a good salary if you move up to a management position.

All it takes is a great personality and a willingness to work. Best of luck to you in your new career!